Schedule

This year’s event features fireside chats with Knoxville’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and investors; PechaKucha style, quick-fire pitches from ten Knoxville-area startups and a networking filled happy hour.

 

2:00 PM Doors Open
2:30 PM Welcome from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
2:45 PM Remarks from Master of Ceremonies, Jon Shieber, TechCrunch and CrunchBase
2:50 PM What it Takes to Make it: Success Stories from Knoxville’s Seasoned Entrepreneurs
Fireside chat with Larry Bodie, Claris Networks and John Sharpe, StaffSource
Moderated by Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel
3:10 PM Power Pitches
Survature, Vuture, NewsBreak
3:35 PM Raising Venture Capital from East Tennessee
Fireside chat with Kelly Tiller, Genera
Moderated by Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT
BREAK
4:10 PM Power Pitches
Cathedral Leasing, Nanofermentation, General Graphene
4:35 PM Planting Roots: Why East Tennessee is a Great Place to Start Up
Fireside chat with Jay Rogers, Local Motors
Moderated by Jon Shieber, TechCrunch and CrunchBase
BREAK
5:10 PM Power Pitches
Vendor Registry, Closeup.fm, MomForce Network, Audiohand
5:45 PM Knoxville’s Capital Connections: Investor Insights on East Tennessee’s Startup Community
Fireside chat with investors Ben Brown, SwiftWing; Ken Woody, Innova; Mark Montgomery, FLO {thinkery} and David Belitz, Chattanooga Renaissance Fund
Moderated by Jon Shieber, TechCrunch and CrunchBase
6:10 PM Closing Remarks
6:15 – 7:30 PM Happy hour, music and networking

Fireside Chats

What it Takes to Make it: Success Stories from Knoxville’s Seasoned Entrepreneurs

Moderated by Carly Harrington, Knoxville News Sentinel

Planting Roots: Why East Tennessee is a Great Place to Start Up

Moderated by Jon Shieber, TechCrunch and CrunchBase

Raising Venture Capital from East Tennessee

Moderated by Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT

Knoxville’s Capital Connections: Investor Insights on East Tennessee’s Startup Community

Moderated by Jon Shieber, TechCrunch and CrunchBase